Construction begins on Norwegian Cruise Line’s second Breakaway Plus vessel


Germany's Meyer Werft has started construction on Norwegian Cruise Line's new Breakaway Plus vessel, Norwegian Bliss, with a steel cutting ceremony at its shipyard in Papenburg.

The 165,600gt and 324m-long ship will be able to accommodate 4,200 guests, based on double occupancy, and can cruise at a speed of 22.5k.

The luxury vessel will feature several options across different areas within the cruise for families.

"We are thrilled to mark the start of construction of the second ship in our company's Breakaway Plus class and the continued evolution of the Norwegian brand."

In addition, the ship will have studios situated throughout the ship to accommodate single travellers. Passengers will also avail other facilities onboard, including a wellness centre in an exclusive area called The Haven.

Norwegian Cruise Line president Andy Stuart said: "On behalf of the more than 20,000 Norwegian team members worldwide, we are thrilled to mark the start of construction of the second ship in our company's Breakaway Plus class and the continued evolution of the Norwegian brand."

"Not only will this ship fully embody the Norwegian brand and the freedom and flexibility that a Norwegian Cruise Line vacation means, but the combined expertise of the company's new leadership team will create what is sure to be the epitome of contemporary cruising?."

Under a €1.4bn deal signed in October 2012, Norwegian Bliss is the second of two Breakaway Plus class cruise ships to be delivered to the Norwegian Cruise Line by Meyer Werft.

The luxury vessel is scheduled to be delivered in the spring of 2017.

The ship marks the twelfth cruise ship to be constructed by Meyer Werft for Norwegian Cruise Line.